About Us

About Us

Daniel J. Garzella originally established our insurance agency in 2003 with Farmers Insurance. In the time we were a Farmers Insurance Agency we were recognized as a President's Council agency as the top ½% of all multi-line insurance agents in the nation, an Elite Commercial agency as the top ½% of all commercial agents in the nation, various awards for Life Insurance, and our most noteworthy accomplishment of being nominated for Commercial Agent of the Year twice (Top 5 out of 15,000 agents).

In light of all of our accomplishments, Dan saw both the need and the opportunity to separate from Farmers Insurance and create his own independent brokerage to better serve his clients, and fulfill on his vision of creating his own company and brand on not only a local, but also a national basis. In 2014, he established The Garzella Group Insurance and Financial Services Brokerage with three distinct divisions:

Garzella Personal Insurance Services handles the home and auto insurance for the brokerage. Our greatest benefit is that we have options; lots of them. 74% of the personal lines market is controlled by the big name, advertised carriers such as Allstate, Liberty Mutual, Nationwide, etc. What many people do not realize is there are brokers such as us that can access all of them. Having access to these options, takes rate out of the equation, and allows us to focus on protection.

Garzella Risk Management and Consulting handles all business insurance for the brokerage. Our success in the business insurance world gives us a knowledgebase and contacts that exceeds our competition, allowing us to put together a comprehensive insurance solution at a fraction of the cost. We write business insurance from the individual business owner locally all the way to the corporate entity; operating on a national basis from Main Street business to large property schedules and everywhere in between.

Garzella Wealth Consultants is our Life and Financial Services division. We look for products that have Living benefits when put in place and look to educate our clients on a comprehensive solution whether it is insurance related to: a buy-sell agreement for their business, estate planning for their estate, or term and permanent insurance options for their family.

We invite you to experience all that our agency has to offer. Let's discuss what concerns you have about your insurance and we will tailor a competitive custom built policy, just for you.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Dan Garzella - Founder & President

Dan Garzella founded his independent insurance brokerage company, The Garzella Group, in (year). Prior to starting his own firm, Dan was selected as one of the America’s top commercial insurance agents of the year for (?) consecutive years. Garzella built his business on three key principles...”Faith and patience”... “Never give up” ... and “Believe in others.” His original inspiration was a book given to him by his father when he started his insurance company...“How to Master the Art of Selling” by Tom Hopkins. From this foundation of information, Dan built his company exponentially. He was able to attract top talent to the firm by promising, and delivering, on qualities he shared with his growing corporate family...perseverance, authenticity, transparency, accountability and loyalty. Garzella’s two great joys in life are mentoring his staff and watching them develop professionally...and teaching his young son, Rocco, how to grow up straight and strong and happy.

Myles Johnson - Vice President

A founding member and partner of The Garzella Group, Myles Johnson has always believed he was in the business of creating legacies...both for his insurance clients, as well as for his family.
A superb communicator and creative problem solver whose fascination with science and history taught him about managing information and methodologies, Myles puts a high value on three key qualities: dependability, reliability and consistency. “Being there at all times” for his clients, his staff and his family are what sets Myles apart from other independent insurance executives. Honest, loyal and surprisingly modest, Johnson is a charismatic mentor to all the people around him. He is happily married to his lovely Kea and is a new father to his beloved son Cohen and daughter Ellie. Determined to live an “inspired life,” this former Sun Devil is particularly proud to have been able to support both his mother and his aunt in their final years which has given him a unique perspective on managing risk and maintaining wealth. “Be hungry at the bottom and humble at the top, because nothing lasts forever, and life will change in an instant” is Myles Johnson’s motto.

Carly Gazella - Operations Manager

A lifetime student of human nature, Carly Garzella has always put others before herself. This loving wife and mother of three is extremely close to her entire family, and her proudest moments are spent watching her daughter and two sons grow and develop as people. An especially good listener, Carly is an extremely focused individual whose command of the myriad details of her business life is beyond impressive. Perseverant, considerate and intrepid, Ms. Garzella believes in the philosophy of nothing ventured, nothing gained. She chooses to live every day in the present and not sweat the unimportant stuff. Not surprisingly, Carly’s favorite book is “Happiness Is A Serious Problem,” a treatise about what motivates people and makes them tick. She loves art, science (“So interesting!”) and creative writing. And if Carly could take her family anywhere in the world, it would be to visit her family’s roots in Italy.

Brent Schlater - Financial Controller

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Michael Herman - Digital Marketing

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Chris Stenke - Business Consultant

Chris Stenke is a connector. He connects good people to other good people. He connects clients to the best insurance coverage. He connects difficult questions to the right answers. Chris’ personal style is to be open, transparent, genuine and candid. And these are the qualities he looks for in other people. He has the greatest respect for people who work hard and work smart. People who are motivated by more than mere money. A father to three beautiful daughters, Chris loves nothing more than to spend his spare time with family and close friends, regardless of the activity. But during business hours, Chris Stenke is constantly striving to better understand the businesses he serves...analyzing why they are successful and how he can add to that success. A veteran of (service branch?) whose postings took him all around the world, Chris is extremely competent, totally committed, and a tremendous asset to the Garzella Group.

Kevin Conway - Director of Commercial Insurance

Kevin Conway’s creed is a simple one: be honest, be candid, be clear and to the point. Explain the details of sometimes complex insurance issues accurately and concisely. Give advice based only on the clients’ best interests. And, oh yes, be a loyal Michigan (State) fan. Kevin listens before he speaks. He uses experience and good judgment to analyze the facts of every situation before giving an opinion. It’s why he’s trusted by both his colleagues and clients. A devoted father to his (?) – year old son, Kevin Conway is engaged to be married to his lovely fiancé, (name). As dedicated as he is in business, Kevin is equally committed to the well-being and happiness of others, especially his large family in Michigan. Kevin’s favorite quote: “Be principled, respectful and up front, because it will hurt you in the long run if you’re not.”

Richard Nine - Sr. Commercial Insurance Advisor

Richard Nine is a natural problem solver who has the rare ability to explain complicated insurance concepts and complex information in a way that is easily understandable to ordinary people. An old-fashioned straight arrow who believes in simple, honest, “common sense” talk and accountability, Richard is also passionate about his own personal and professional growth, which he views as a never-ending process. “We should always try to learn, grow and improve.” Richard takes personal responsibility for everything he does in business and in his private life. As he often says, “If you take ownership of everything you can, you’ll be able to look back on your life and know for sure that nobody else ever stopped you from following your chosen path.”
A devoted dog owner, avid reader and film buff, Richard Nine’s ideal vacation would be a cabin on a beach filled with his closest lifelong friends

Trevor First - Sr. Commercial Insurance Advisor

Trevor First’s favorite subjects in high school were marketing, business and art...an interesting combination. People who know him, know that Trevor is both “right-brained” and “left brained.” So he is logical, analytical and objective...while at the same time intuitive, thoughtful and creative. Trevor has always enjoyed the freedom of creating something out of nothing. This, together with his formidable business and marketing skills, enables Trevor to implement insurance strategies that are both innovative and practical. This self-start is highly motivated and passionate about his job, and his life. Trevor loves cooking, travel, gardening and playing with his two beloved dogs.
A 12-year veteran of the Garzella Group, Trevor’s philosophy is simple, “If you want to change the world, start off each day by making your bed.”

Ryan Thomas - Commercial Insurance Advisor

An avid history buff, Ryan Thomas believes that when you study historical events, you have a better perspective on why things are the way they are, and how they got that way. This provides him with valuable insights into insurance products, how they work, and their special benefits. Ryan understands how best to use insurance to provide optimum protection for the Garzella Groups’ clientele. A proud Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves, Ryan Thomas adheres to the principal that honesty and integrity are all-important qualities in the risk industry, and that working smarter is always preferable to simply working harder. While Ryan’s parents and three brothers all live in Michigan, his local Arizona family is comprised of his beloved Border Collie, named Jack Sparrow. An excellent guitarist, ball player and boxer, Ryan claims to never have been beaten at ping-pong.

Nina Fonjga - Commercial Renewal Specialist

A natural problem solver, Nina Fonjga has always enjoyed solving complex math problems. She credits her mother’s genes for this special gift.
Being a dedicated hiker, cook and baker, Nina makes time to explore Arizona on day trips, discover new restaurants and try out fresh new recipes on her boyfriend, family and her German Shepherd puppy. Nina received her degree in marketing from Arizona State University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Born in Bosnia, Nina’s parents and brother live in Arizona, while she is blessed to have relatives in Sweden, Bosnia and Canada. Her life goals include owning a beach house in California and becoming an expert at home repair - being able to do plumbing, electrical, and carpentry repairs on her own. Her philosophy of life is a simple one: Be kind, be honest and be strong.

Corbin Wilson - Sr. Client Relations Specialist

“Fun is good for you. Enjoy some every day.”
This is Corbin Willson’s motto. And it tells you a lot about his personality, his personal goals and his lifestyle. This (name of college) graduate is a student of the humanities whose love of history, art and music inspires his everyday life. Corbin looks for the “bright side” of everything. He sees humor in the mundane. And he always sees the glass as at least “half full.“ Upbeat, positive, caring and considerate are words that accurately describe this natural “people connector.” Corbin believes it is healthy to laugh at yourself, in order to stay grounded and lead a happy, healthy life.
A surfer and skateboarder with a large, close-knit circle of friends and family, Willson is greatly admired for being open and candid, taking personal responsibility, and being adept at resolving conflicts.